In recent years the provision of music for young children in its many forms has grown considerably. At the same time, young children’s musical activity remains low on the scholarly hierarchy. This neglect of early childhood music in the various music disciplines relates to wider theoretical and cultural assumptions that lead to a lack of interest in young children and their music. More specifically it relates to the pervasive and persistent belief that because young children have not yet acquired conventional musical skills, their musical activity is not worthy of serious academic attention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Young
    • 1
  • B. Ilari
    • 2
  1. 1.Applied Music Research GroupUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK
  2. 2.Thornton School of MusicUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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